An International Effort To Help All Food Banks In Canada, the USA and Throughout the World.

 This effort began in June/2012 and by October/2012 it was confirmed that it would be used in five countries. .  This entire worldwide effort is run by one person (a volunteer), ME; who welcomes any and all food banks to participate in what has become a worldwide effort

If you believe that your food bank does not have the required resources to benefit, please look at the solution to that problem. (at the end)

The 1st comment on this post is the positive response of Seattle, Washington, USA and the kind of response that food banks everywhere should elicit from cities in their area. The second comment is from an 3,500 constituent org. that has a super idea for food banks. Click upon the link (above-right).

Every summer, in thousands of cities across Canada, the US, etc., residents are entertained by their cities, at free music concerts, free movies, Canada Day/Independence Day/Australia Day/Bastille Day, etc., festivities and similar events.

This past summer, in a few cities in the Montreal, Canada area, the attendees to such events were invited to bring non-perishable food donations to show their gratitude.

Musicians at the concerts, encouraged those in attendance, to bring a donation to the following concert and cities are putting announcements on the schedules of their events encouraging residents to bring donations.

The message is simple! “If you enjoy the free entertainment, please show your gratitude by bringing a non-perishable food donation with you.” One city advised that they are short staffed on Sunday when the concerts are held, so they are encouraging their residents to bring their donations to the local supermarket, the only one in town. There are always ways to circumvent obstacles.

A newspaper story regarding the effort. Click here

 

What Should Food Banks Now Do To Get The Ball Rolling?

1) Look at the web site of the city where your food bank is located, and ascertain which events are held by the city that can be capitalized upon. Are there other nearby cities?

2) Contact the city (cities) and inform them what cities in the Montreal area have been doing, If there are other cities in the area by all means contact them as well.

3) Ask the cities if they can do the same in upcoming events and of course those in 2013.

An active request for donations is always more successful than a passive one. The more that people are aware of the request for donations, the more donations there will be. Consequently, there should be announcements at the events encouraging people to bring donations to the next one, and there should be mention of the effort wherever appropriate, upon the cities’ websites/schedules.

Mention the effort upon your food bank’s website and spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, etc. and encourage the recipients to do likewise so that there will be no shortage of sensitization.

If you can, make suggestions of what the most desirable non-perishable food donations would be, so that this could hopefully get into the cities’ messages.

Remember! Please help grow the effort by forwarding this site to all the food banks that you possibly can!

Please feel free to comment below and let us know how your effort goes AND if you have suggestions or any questions.

IF your food bank lacks the volunteers/transportation to pick up food donations at concerts publicity should encourage those attending the concerts/entertainment to bring their donations to supermarkets in the area that constantly collect such donations. This approach has worked exceptionally well!!🙂

Thanks!  Murray

And Now For An Easy Way, To Bring In Food Donations Continually, During the Summer Period

Every summer, in thousands of cities across Canada and the US, residents are entertained by cities, at free concerts, free movies, Canada Day/Independence Day festivities and similar events.

This summer, in a few cities in the Montreal, Canada area, the attendees to such events are being invited to bring non-perishable food donations to show their gratitude.

Musicians at the concerts are encouraging those in attendance to bring a donation to the following concert and cities are putting announcements on the schedules of their events encouraging residents to bring donations.

The message is simple! “If you enjoy the free entertainment, please show your gratitude by bringing a non-perishable food donation with you.” One city advised that they are short staffed on Sunday when the concerts are held, so they are encouraging their residents to bring their donations to the local supermarket, the only one in town. There are always ways to circumvent obstacles.

A newspaper story regarding the effort. Click here

What Should Food Banks Now Do To Get The Ball Rolling?

1) Look at the web site of the city where your food bank is located, and ascertain which events are held by the city that can be capitalized upon. Are there other nearby cities?

2) Contact the city and inform them what cities in the Montreal area have been doing, If there are other cities in the area by all means contact them as well.

3) Ask the cities if they can do the same in upcoming events and of course those in 2013.

An active request for donations is always more successful than a passive one. The more that people are aware of the request for donations, the more donations there will be. Consequently, there should be announcements at the events encouraging people to bring donations to the next one, and there should be mention of the effort wherever appropriate, upon the cities’ websites/schedules.

Mention the effort upon your food bank’s website and spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, etc. and encourage the recipients to do likewise so that there will be no shortage of sensitization.

If you can, make suggestions of what the most desirable non-perishable food donations would be, so that this could hopefully get into the cities’ messages.

Please help grow the effort by forwarding this site to all the food banks that you possibly can!

Please feel free to comment below and let us know how your effort goes AND if you have suggestions or any questions, so we can add a Frequently Asked Questions section eventually. Thanks!  Murray